These "spooky" tostadas make for fun and healthy Halloween snacks. They're fun healthy Halloween appetizers, make a festive pre-trick-or-treating dinner, or are a fun hands-on after-school Halloween activity with the kids.
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These five little tostadas are simple in both ingredients and execution, and make you feel really impressive because, hello - they're so cute! 😉 They're also simple enough that kids can help, too! Plus, with such simple, nourishing ingredients, these are some healthy Halloween snacks perfect before a night of candy. 😉
How to Make These Healthy Halloween Snacks
The base of all these healthy halloween snacks is a baked tostada. You can use whatever type of tortilla you prefer. Here we used inexpensive small corn tortillas, but you could also use flour tortillas or grain-free tortillas (I love Siete grain-free tortillas in cassava flour or almond flour!).
Place tortillas on a baking sheet (you can line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat if desired) sprayed with nonstick spray. Toast the tortillas under the broiler about 40-60 seconds on each side, until slightly golden brown and bubbly (watch closely, broilers work very quickly). Remove from the oven to let cool (they'll get crunchy as they cool, too!) and then you're ready for toppings.
Creepy, Crawly Spider Tostadas!
Creepy, crawly spiders are made with a base of smashed avocado or guacamole and olives! (I used black olives, but you could certainly use kalamata or other types, whatever you prefer or have on hand!). Once you spread 3-4 tablespoons of mashed avocado on the crunchy tostada, make the following cuts on the olives to create the spider bodies, heads, and legs:
Then assemble to make spiders!
Next up is a ghoulish tostada! Spread a tablespoon of salsa on your tostada (could use marinara sauce for a more "pizza" flair if you prefer). Then, use kitchen scissors to cut a ghost shape out of a slice of provolone cheese, similar to the cut outline below:
Then use a thin slice of an olive for a mouth and two tiny pieces of olive for eyes. Pop it back under the broiler for the cheese to melt for a minute, and ta-da! Tostada Ghost!
Sweet Jack-O-Lantern Tostadas!
Next up is this Jack-O-Lantern tostada. If you're looking for a sweet Halloween treat but without any added sugar (save that for the candy later, right?), this pumpkin topping is just for you. Mix equal parts (two tablespoons each) pumpkin puree and unsweetened applesauce with a quick shake of pumpkin pie spice. Spread the pumpkin mixture on top of the tostada.
The Jack-O-Lantern face is made with a chocolate nut or seed spread (I used my favorite nut-free chocolate spread - 88 Acres Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter). Place some of the chocolate sunflower seed butter in a plastic bag and cut off the tip of the bag. Then draw the following lines and shapes on top of the pumpkin mixture. Use a toothpick to smooth out/ fill in any of the lines. Then voila! You've got a mostly naturally sweetened (small amount of added sugar in the chocolate sunflower seed butter) Jack-O-Lantern Tostada!
Creepy Bloodshot Eyeball Tostada!
Admittedly, this is probably the creepiest tostada of the bunch, but it's also fairly simple. Just fry an egg, place it on the tostada, and then add a slice of olive in the center of the yolk. You can leave it as is, or if you want to go the extra creepy mile, use a toothpick dipped in salsa to draw random lines creating the bloodshot look. I didn't try this, but alternatively you could use sriracha to draw bloodshot lines, too.
For the base of this tostada I used ¼ cup black beans that mashed with a fork and a small squeeze of lime juice and pinch of salt. You can use fat-free canned refried beans, mashed pinto or kidney beans, or even hummus. To create the cobwob, add plain Greek yogurt to a small bag, cut off the corner, and draw a swirl on the mashed beans. Then use a toothpick and create lines that start in the center and are drawn out to the edge of the tostada (like below).
Feel free to add your olive spiders to your cobweb, too, if you want!
Whether you make these fun tostadas as healthy Halloween snacks or for a Halloween party food, they're bound to be a hit! Be sure to share your creations on the NTF Facebook page or on Instagram (tag @nutritiontotofit and #nutritiontofit!).